The Red Sox recently demoted Clay Buchholz to the bullpen. David Price has been inconsistent all year and owns a 4.64 ERA. To make matters worse, the club is now relying on Sean O'Sullivan at the back of the rotation.
Hellickson, 29, has been solid for the Phillies, posting a 3.92 ERA with a 93/27 K/BB ratio in 105 2/3 innings. He’s owed the remainder of his $7 million salary for this season and is eligible for free agency at season’s end.
The Phillies enter Thursday’s action at 40-46, which isn’t bad considering the preseason expectations for the team. However, the organization would happily relent Hellickson for anything more valuable than the draft pick compensation they would get after making a qualifying offer to the right-hander.